(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) today released the winter edition of The Pulse*, an e-newsletter devoted to helping those who live or work in the District to lead healthier lives.
“The Pulse is part of our goal to promote healthy behavior in our communities,” said Gregg A. Pane, MD, Director, DC Department of Health. “We want to set the gold standard for being the nation’s leader in public health.”
The e-newsletter will also be made available in printed form to the 300,000 District residents who currently live in medically underserved areas, and almost all of the 210,000 medically vulnerable residents living in low-income neighborhoods who are either uninsured or rely on public funding for their health benefits.
Increased efforts aimed at improving access to quality healthcare services, addressing health disparities, and reducing the morbidity and mortality of diseases such as diabetes and HIV, are critical to ensuring that all residents get the information and education needed to make positive choices about their health, Dr. Pane said.
The newsletter is part of DOH’s enhanced drive to serve as the nation’s leader in public health policy and programs. Future newsletters will include articles, research studies, and cutting-edge public information campaigns such as the “Come Together DC – Get Screened for HIV” campaign. The newsletter will also address emerging public health threats such as pandemic influenza.
There is also a section of the newsletter that focuses on District residents who are using grassroots efforts to address health issues in their communities.
“We wanted to make sure that we highlight those activities specifically to make sure that everybody knows that we must all work together to create a healthier DC,” said Leila Abrar, MPH, Interim Director of the Office of Communications and Community Relations at DOH. “This is only the beginning of exciting plans aimed at bringing innovative ideas to significantly improve the health of all District residents.”